Carl Icahn

Herbalife Surges After Announcing $600MM Stock Buyback, Failed LBO Transaction

Herbalife announced that while the company had tried and failed to pursue an LBO, it has instead entered into a pact with Carl Icahn and unveiled a "self-tender" offer according to which it would pursue a whopping $600 million buyback, equivalent to about 10% of its market cap, purchasing shares at a price between $60 and $68

European Junk: "The Good-Looking Ones Are Always Bad News"

"I understand the attraction to shorting European junk. It’s easy to look dreamily at this chart and imagine spreads doubling to 5% without batting an eye... But there are a couple of problems with this trade..."

Frontrunning: August 15

  • White House Risks a Backfire Over China and North Korea (WSJ)
  • Three More CEOs Turn Their Backs on Trump (BBG)
  • Cities ramp up removal of Confederate statues (Reuters)
  • Moon Vents Korea Frustration by Asserting Right to Veto U.S. War (BBG)
  • Iran says its drones near U.S. vessels are safe, following rules (Reuters)

Frontrunning: May 10

  • Trump fires FBI chief Comey, setting off political storm (Reuters)
  • Comey Firing Upends Russia Probes (WSJ)
  • White House Says Decision Stemmed From Comey’s Handling of Clinton Email Probe (WSJ)
  • Comey Ouster Threatens to Backfire on Troubled Trump White House (BBG)
  • Comey’s Deserved Dismissal (WSJ)

How Uber Hurts Hertz

While Hertz gets keelhauled when it loses a few hundred millions dollars, Uber is considered a hero when it loses billions of dollars. It’s easy to plow down competition when burning unlimited amounts of investor cash is part of the business model. This allows Uber to undercut any kind of competition.

With Apple Raking In $3.6 Million In Cash Every Hour, Traders Ask When Will It Start Spending

As of December, Apple had $246 billion total cash, cash equivalents, and securities, most of which is held offshore. Apple’s results tomorrow will show the company doubled its cash in just over 4½ years, and in the last three months of 2016, it racked up cash at a rate of about $3.6 million an hour. Traders are now asking when will Apple start spending.

The End Game

"..the debt problem is so pervasive, there is only way one forward - inflate... They will do anything (and everything) to ensure the financial system doesn’t implode on itself... They will keep printing until the bond market takes the keys away."

Frontrunning: March 28

  • U.S. stock futures up as investors look beyond failed healthcare bill (Reuters)
  • Ryan's Tax Plan May Get Familiar Foes: GOP's Conservative Caucus (BBG)
  • Congress to Battle Over Spending After Failed Health Bill (WSJ)
  • Trump to End Obama Policies for Paris Climate Accord (BBG)
  • Trump to sign order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies (Reuters)